CHAS approval

Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd gains CHAS Approval

Principles and Purpose

Assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process thousands of contractors and consultants (suppliers) apply for work with public and private sector organisations (buyers). To win work, they must meet the buyer’s health and safety standards.

Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces

duplication as suppliers compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.

CHAS assesses applicants:

Health and safety policy statement;
Their organisation for health and safety;
Their specific health and safety arrangements to a standard acceptable to our buyers and to others.
Background In 1997 a group of health and safety and procurement professionals from across Great Britain worked with the Association of London Government (ALG) to develop CHAS. In 2001 CHAS became a web-based system.

CHAS started with two main aims.

To improve health and safety standards across Great Britain.

To reduce duplicated safety applications for both suppliers and buyers.

These days we have more than 400 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as councils, housing associations, NHS trusts, including a growing number of large private companies who employ sub-contractors.

CHAS Benefits:
Participating in the CHAS scheme helps both suppliers and buyers.

Suppliers show compliance with important parts of health and safety law (the core criteria described in the CDM regulations).
On achieving compliance a supplier is approved to work for all of CHAS’ buyers.(Some Buyers may require “Accredited” Status)
Inconsistencies are reduced where some suppliers may be judged compliant by one buyer but not another.
CHAS gives guidance on any weaknesses in a supplier’s safety management, including how they can improve.
Being a CHAS supplier or buyer saves both time and resources

The Stages of Assessing Competency
There are three stages in the assessment process from the time a supplier applies for a CHAS assessment, through to working for a buyer:

The CHAS assessment: if a supplier passes this assessment they have shown they can adequately manage health and safety.
The employer (buyer) checks a supplier has the ability, experience and resources to carry out the specific work they have applied to do. The buyer will look at things like method statements, specific risk assessments, references, examples of previous similar work, training and available resources.
Monitoring the supplier when they are doing the work. Buyers will check suppliers are managing the work safely, carrying out the method statements properly, have enough resources, liaising properly, managing the site effectively and providing enough supervision.
The level of assessment at stages 2 and 3 are normally proportionate to the level of risk they carry. Buyers have a responsibility to monitor suppliers, making sure they are working safely, in order to protect staff and everyone who may be affected by the work.

Accessing the CHAS Database


Buyers have access to the CHAS database, suppliers you do not have access, other than your own personal pages if you are accredited. Suppliers cannot access information that relates to other suppliers.

CHAS is registered under the Data Protection Act, but there is no personal information kept in the database about you (only factual) so there is no information a supplier has right of access to. However, under normal circumstances the scheme manager will gladly tell suppliers about details contained in their entry.

CHAS Management
The Association of London Government Health and Safety Forum licensed Merton Council as the CHAS administrator and promoter. View the organisation chart.

In 2002, a National Management Board – made up of GMB and UCATT trade unions as well as safety and procurement professionals – was established to check the scheme is managed in line with its Constitution. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) also announced their support for CHAS.

CHAS only makes changes to the scheme following direction from the board.

Who audits CHAS?
They continued founder member status with the HSE supported Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) competence forum, is reliant upon continued annual accreditation by an Independent SSIP appointed Auditor who in turn, has been approved by the Health & safety Executive.

CHAS is also audited annually by the UKAS accredited certification body BM TRADA Certification to both the ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards, thus ensuring our quality and environmental management systems continue to deliver a high quality service and operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

Who are the CHAS assessors?
All CHAS Assessors are NEBOSH qualified, practicing health and safety professionals who also attend CHAS specific training on a regular basis. CHAS currently has a team of over 130 accredited assessors.

CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is a non-commercial scheme available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers.

Buyers
Membership includes the public sectors: health trusts, emergency services and government departments and large private companies who have a supply chain, for example Royal Mail Group, Kier and Mitie Group. Ultimately we complete the initial H&S application process for buyers, saving time and resources for all involved in the process.

Suppliers
CHAS isn’t just for construction companies, it assesses health and safety for all types of suppliers, from care services to demolition contractors, designers and consultants. The aim of the scheme is to save time and resources by avoiding unnecessary duplication in the first stage of competence assessment; the CDM Core criteria.

SEAP 3 Gate Automation

Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd have been issued a national contract to Automate SEAP 3 rated gates throughout England, Scotland and Wales 

A leading contractor within the construction industry with a strong portfolio in the delivery of both civil engineering and building projects, approached Portcullis Gate Automation to take over the project after their previous supplier failed to deliver a viable solution,

They are committed to working in partnership to provide high quality, innovative solutions through the application of sound value engineering and value management techniques from initial feasibility to implementation and commissioning of the completed project. there range of activities includes: refurbishment and new build of stations, design and build of rail depots, the reconstruction of rail infrastructure including bridge, tunnels and viaducts, and the construction of multi-storey car parks

 

Site Gets New Buttons

The Designers have created a master piece with the new editable buttons spacifically designed for the Portico Group.

A special thanks to Robert and the team for all there hard work

See them below

ContactClick here to contact usVisits our designsClick here to go to the designs page

Bi-Folding GatesClick here to go to our Folding Gates Palace Gate Range

Bi-Folding GatesClick here Residential Folding Gates Palace Gate Range

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Pfizer Renew Electric Gate Maintenance

In such a competitive market place, winning business for companies can be tough, Our continued ability to achieve the requirements on Health and Safety compliance, call reaction time, a 100% successful Job completion rate, has helped Portcullis Gate Automation LTD be invited to continue providing our services for yet another year.

 

A task we never take for granted no matter how large or small the company we will provide an unrivalled level of service for the maintenance and breakdown service for:

  • Electric Sliding Gates
  • Electric Swing Gates
  • Rising Bollards
  • Turnstiles
  • Car Parking Barriers
  • Automatic Entrance Gates
  • Bi Folding Gates
  • Crash barriers
  • Crash Blockers

Do you require any emergency gate engineer please contact us now.

School Electric Swing Gates

Portcullis commence project for two pairs of Electric Swing Gates at London School ensuring the Gate Safety and Compliance are certificated.

The main contractor on site is Laing O’Rourke is the largest privately owned construction solutions provider in the UK. Formed over 30 years ago, the Group’s international operations posted managed revenue of £4bn in 2011.

The business is made up of a range of engineering, construction, manufacturing and specialist services companies, which combine to provide prestigious clients with a comprehensive investment, development and management capability.

Working across Europe, Canada, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australasia, our operations span a range of sectors, including: lifestyle; business; social infrastructure; transport; power; mining and natural resources; oil and gas and utilities and waste.

The breadth of our expertise and geographical reach means we are engaged on the full spectrum of projects – from remote desert railways to urban regeneration and transport infrastructure schemes.

Gate Builder – Design Your Own Gates goes live

The Portcullis designed gate viewing tool goes live, click on the link below to design your own gate.The easy to use application will give you the customer the ability to design your own gate.The first stage allows you to choose the type of gate. giving you a simple choice of:

Flat Top, Arched Up or Arched Down.

Then decide the height and width via the sliding bars

If you want add Top Rails or Bottom rails swirls or rings the option is here, choose top finials  or bottom finials.

Want to print your design……its easy simply fill in the form and the design will be emailed to the email address you supply. Choice of three on the Builder but the options are endless, you can even choose the post tops.

Portcullis Engineers gain Zurich BS Welding Qualification

Whether you are directly welding – for manufacture, repair, or modification – or you are responsible for equipment that performs welding: you need to ensure your compliance with welding regulations and standards, and you need to provide evidence that your work is reliable and equipment safe to use.

You can only achieve these objectives if you are fully conversant with welding qualifications.

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Came Automation New Logo

Since the takeover the new Came Automation Logo has been approved. this will be update onto all company paperwork, van livery and uniforms.

 

Came Automation is a welcome addition to the Portico Security Group, visit Came at there Home  Page or call the direct for further information or visit them at 868 Plymouth Road, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, SL1 4LP, United Kingdom Tel: 01753 696166   Fax: 01753 696916 

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Portcullis Secure Contract with National Fencing Company

Portcullis Gate Automation, has teamed up with one of the oldest and market leading fencing companies in the UK established in 1916 but dating back to many years prior its incorporation as a UK LTD company.

This partnership gives both companies valuable resources that ensures a strong service is guaranteed from the point of design through to installation.

Portcullis Gate Automation are able to offer a five star service package  to provide years of trouble free service, warranty backed by all major automation manufacturers.

If you need engineering support for the UK for any Access controlled Automation please contact the Help Desk on 0845 602 0846

Portcullis New Website Goes Live

Our New look website has arrived, Thanks to all involved for there hard work to get the site up and running in just two weeks, more than a month ahead of schedule.

Lookout for the “Gate Builder” web application, it is in production and should be live by February 1st 2012, this unique software allow’s you the customer to design gates to your own specification.

Please visit the “Our Designs” gallery for our metal bespoke and standard metal gate range as well as the bespoke hardwood entrance and field gates.

Call our National Help Desk for further details of to arrange a free site survey Telephone our local rate 0845 602 0846 number of go to the contact page for your local branch.

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